The Mysterious Source of Extragalactic Cosmic Rays

The particles that shouldn’t exist

Ella Alderson
May 12 · 6 min read
An artist rendering shows particles entering the atmosphere where they spark air showers that can spread for miles. Image by NASA.
While supernova explosions can explain low energy cosmic rays, they aren’t capable on their own of accelerating particles to ultra-high levels. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech.
The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina is home to 1,660 barrels of water that cover 1,860 m² (3,000 km²). Tubes mounted on the tanks respond to electromagnetic shockwaves when a particle enters a detector.
The red region in the Northern Hemisphere is where observed events happened the most frequently. This is a supposed “hot spot” of cosmic ray activity. Image by Telescope Array Collaboration.

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Ella Alderson

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Physics student. A passion for language and the mysteries of our universe, our future, and our human condition. I can be reached at ella.aldrsn@gmail.com

FutureSin

FutureSin

Futurism articles bent on cultivating an awareness of exponential technologies while exploring the 4th industrial revolution.